Jeep Cherokee gains new diesel engine
The new MultiJet engine replaces the outgoing 167bhp 2.0-litre unit and is offered with 182bhp and 197bhp outputs, both with 4325lb.ft of peak torque.
The Euro 6 compliant engine joins the existing 2.0-litre diesel 138bhp manual version and is available only with Jeep’s nine-speed automatic gearbox. It’s matched to the Active-Drive four-wheel-drive systems but can be specified with Active Drive II on the Limited 197bhp model.
The higher-powered variant is available on Limited specification while the 182bhp model is fitted on Cherokee Longitude and Longitude+ variants only.
Equipped with the automatic nine-speed transmission and 4×4 Jeep Active Drive I, the Cherokee 2.2 MultiJet II 197bhp reaches a top speed of 127mph. It accelerates from zero to 62 mph in 8.5 seconds, has an average combined fuel consumption figure of 49.6mpg and CO2 emissions of 150g/km.
The same unit with Active Drive II and low-range has a top speed of 126mph, 0-62mph time of 8.7 seconds, and combined fuel consumption of 46.3mpg, with 160g/km of CO2 emissions.
Meanwhile the 182bhp Cherokee equipped with 4×4 Jeep Active Drive I and the nine-speed automatic transmission reaches a top speed of 125mph and accelerates from zero to 62mph in 8.8 seconds. Combined fuel economy and emissions are 49.5mpg and 150 g/km.
The Jeep Cherokee range starts at £26,095 OTR for the 2.0 MultiJet II 138bhp Longitude FWD manual, rising to £37,995 for the 2.2 MultiJet II 197bhp Limited 4WD automatic.